the Quality Register and Health & Safety
Many of the people listed and registered with us who are adept in Quality Assurance, are also skilled, experienced and qualified in health & safety.
In addition now many other people specialise in Health & Safety.
If your skill centres on health & safety you can enter your details through our 'Jobseeker' facility or just email@example.com direct.
Health & Safety first came to prominence in the UK in the 1970's culminating in the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 which re-codified previous legislation into a single Act. This platform has been built on significantly since with a welter of supporting and explanatory legislation AGPO's and the like. Some of these include:
- Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
- The Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- Lifting Operations & Lift use Regulations
- The Public Health Act 1961
- The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1999
- Chemicals (Hazard Information and packaging for supply) Regulations
- Environmental Protection Act 1990
- The Noise at Work Regulations 1989
- The Ionizing Radiations Regulations 1999
- The Gas Supply (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
- The Highly Flammable Liquids and Liquefied Petroleum Gases Regulations 1972
- Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986
- Construction (Working Place) Regulations 1996
- The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 1994
- The Construction (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996
- The Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989
- The Confined Spaces Regulations
- The Fire Protection Act 1971
- The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997
- Electricity at Work Act Regulations 1989
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
- The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996
- The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981
- The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
- The Safety Representative & Safety Committee Regulations 1977
- Health & Safety (Information for Employees) Regulations 1989
- Health & Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996
The need to ensure that organisations had a management system with functioning Health & Safety procedures brought about the need for a certification protocol. OHSAS 18001 resulted from the combination of ten largely national occupational health and safely management certification systems. At the same time it was developed to be compatible with the ISO 9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental) management systems standards, in order to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems by organizations, should they wish to do so.
The OHSAS specification gives requirements for an occupational health and safety management system, to enable an organisation to control its OH&S risks and improve its performance. It does not state specific OH&S performance criteria, nor does it give detailed specifications for the design of a management system.
The OHSAS specification is applicable to any organisation that wishes to:
- Establish an OH&S management system to eliminate or minimise risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to OH&S risks associated with its activities
- Implement, maintain and continually improve an OH&S management system
- Assure itself of its conformance with its stated OH&S policy
- Demonstrate such conformance to others
- Seek certification/registration of its OH&S management system by an external organisation
- Make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with this OHSAS specification
In support the Institute of Occupational Health - IOSH - was formed and now claims to be the largest health & safety organisation in the world.